IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Feb 11, 2016

Canada’s new strategy for countering the so-called Islamic State received a key endorsement from the United States on Wednesday, ahead of a summit of the 49 countries taking part in the effort to destroy the self-declared caliphate.

Feb 10, 2016

Two former employees of the Canadian Coast Guard and the Department of National Defence are facing charges in Halifax following a drug investigation with ties to Colombian and Mexican drug cartels.

Feb 10, 2016

Canada’s controversial $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia will be exempt from a global arms trade treaty that the Trudeau Liberals promised they would sign if they won office, Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion’s department says.

Feb 08, 2016

At a press conference today, MND announced that Canada will pull all six of its CF-18s from coalition efforts against Daesh terrorists in Syria. The only RCAF assets left contributing to the allied effort will be the Polaris tanker planes and the Aurora surveillance aircraft as the remaining contribution to Operation Impact

Feb 09, 2016

Canada's defence minister acknowledges the risks to Canadian troops serving in Iraq, as the federal government refocuses military efforts on training Iraqis to fight Islamic State militants.

Feb 09, 2016

The U.S. has headed off a potential controversy by giving the Liberal government a thumbs-up over its plan to stop bombing ISIL in Iraq and Syria, and instead concentrate on military training, diplomacy and aid.

Feb 09, 2016

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose says it's "shameful" that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pulling back from the combat mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, even as the United States lauds the new Canadian contribution.

Feb 09, 2016

About 2,500 Canadian Army soldiers from the Regular Force, Primary Reserve and the Canadian Rangers, will be training until March in several areas of Canada’s North. The Canadian Army aims to maintain and sharpen its operational capabilities in austere Arctic environments.

Feb 08, 2016

The Liberal government is expected to finally lay out Canada's contribution to the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has scheduled a news conference for today in Ottawa where he'll be joined by the defence and international development ministers.

Feb 08, 2016

Canada's defence department advised the former minister of defence not to buy two French Mistral-class amphibious vessels because of how their cost might affect the NSPS. Despite this, the defence minister was told the exact opposite six weeks later by Canada's top general, documents obtained through the Access to Information Act reveal.

Feb 08, 2016

The Canadian Army is hosting five countries on Exercise ROGUISH BUOY 2016, running from January 31 to March 1 in the vicinity of Comox Lake, British Columbia.

Feb 05, 2016

Delivery of the Canadian military’s new armoured vehicles has been delayed once again after problems were found with the steering systems of the vehicles ordered under the $1.2-billion program.

Feb 05, 2016

National Defence is embarking on an overhaul of its oft-maligned support units for ill and injured soldiers, The Canadian Press has learned.

Feb 05, 2016

The Russian submarine fleet has returned to the North Atlantic with such gusto that NATO sub commanders are reporting “more activity from Russian submarines than we’ve seen since the days of the Cold War,” according to a top NATO admiral.

Feb 05, 2016

The Liberal government will unveil its new plan for fighting the Islamic State in days. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed the pending announcement in a telephone call with reporters from London Thursday.

Feb 04, 2016

Turkish Embassy spokesperson responds to questions on the Open Skies Treaty Observation Flight over Turkey that could not be conducted by the Russian Federation and on Statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov concerning the violation of Turkish airspace by the Russian aircraft.

Feb 04, 2016

A new NATO report estimates Canada spent just one per cent of GDP on defence last year, leaving it in the bottom third of allies. Only Italy and Spain, whose economies have been struggling, Luxembourg Belgium, and Eastern European members Slovenia, Hungary and the Czech Republic ranked lower.

Feb 04, 2016

At least two of the companies bidding to provide Canada's long-delayed, new fixed-wing search planes had to rent moving vans to submit the tonnes of paperwork required by the bureaucrats evaluating the project.

Feb 04, 2016

Two members of a Canadian warship have been charged with drug offences in Japan, the navy says. The charges follow a port visit to Tokyo by HMCS Winnipeg, a Halifax-class frigate with a crew of about 250 personnel.

Feb 04, 2016

People listen when Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says that he won't mess up defence policy as the last guys did, says the CBC's Terry Milewski. But what he has not explained to date is how, exactly, the other guys messed up.

Feb 04, 2016

French Consul General in Vancouver Jean-Christophe Fleury will bestow nine Medals of the Legion d’Honneur, one of France’s highest distinctions, to Canadian D-Day veterans during an official ceremony to be held at Alberta Legislature Building on February 8th.

Feb 03, 2016

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) today launched the 2016 Conference of its Milton F. Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society. This year’s Conference focuses on the Human Dimension of Warfare as it relates to the Canadian Army.

Feb 03, 2016

Are Canadian soldiers, following a decade of militaristic tub-thumping by the former Conservative government, inordinately prepared for war, at the expense of peacekeeping and diplomacy?

Feb 03, 2016

The Canadian government has no immediate plans to take advantage of military bases ready to house refugees, and is instead renting hotel rooms despite cities requesting a resettlement slowdown.

Feb 02, 2016

Zaynab Khadr, the famously outspoken eldest child of Canada’s most notorious family, who has publicly praised Osama bin Laden and yearned for her own martyrdom, has been detained in Turkey. It is not clear whether she has been arrested or charged, and Turkish diplomats in Ottawa could offer no details on Monday.

Feb 02, 2016

Canada's top general says the Canadian Armed Forces's new sexual misconduct response centre has fielded more than 100 complaints of sexual assault or harassment since it opened in September, resulting in eight investigations.

Feb 02, 2016

A Senate committee has been told there is a shortfall of tens of billions of dollars between funding that's been set aside for military equipment and the actual price tag for what the military says it needs.

Feb 02, 2016

The Trudeau government has promised to get Canada back into the peacekeeping business, but a new report from two independent think tanks says the military is ill-prepared for the task.

Feb 01, 2016

The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, released online today the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) first progress report on addressing inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Feb 01, 2016

Irving Shipbuilding has fired back at the CBC about its news report detailing problems with the Canadian Coast Guard’s mid-shore patrol ships.

Feb 01, 2016

The Canadian government is busy promoting Canada’s defence industry in Kuwait even as a United Nations report accuses a Saudi-led coalition, which includes Kuwait, of “widespread and systematic” bombing of civilians in Yemen.

Feb 01, 2016

Veterans Affairs most recent plans and priorities report shows that the department under-spent its budget by $200 million last year. As the Canadian Press reported Sunday, the department seems perpetually unable to get money out the door.

Feb 01, 2016

The Defence Department will get a boost this year in the value of items it can purchase on its own after successfully arguing that this would help to solve some of the problems plaguing the federal procurement system.

Feb 01, 2016

A plan to re-orient Canada’s role in the fight against the so-called Islamic State is coming, the defence minister says, but it’s not ready just yet.

Jan 29, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is rejecting calls for stricter supervision of the military training mission in Iraq, saying the standard course on the laws of war will be enough to keep Kurdish fighters from committing barbaric acts in the heat of battle.

Jan 29, 2016

Canada will have to say no to some of the requests that its allies are making in the fight against Islamic extremists, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said Thursday.

Jan 29, 2016

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion said the Liberal government remains committed to a contract to sell $15-billion in weaponized armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia even in the face of a new UN report documenting human-rights violations by a Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.

Jan 28, 2016

The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute released a report yesterday, “The Royal Canadian Navy: Facing Rough Seas”.

Jan 28, 2016

The Royal Canadian Navy is investigating a "very rare" fuel spill in Halifax Harbour last week that saw about 800 litres of fuel overflow from a tank on HMCS Athabaskan.

Jan 28, 2016

The notion that Canadian volunteers fighting with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq and Syria could face prosecution under the former Conservative government's tough anti-terror laws has one human rights group calling for stricter supervision of the country's military training mission in the war-torn region.

Jan 28, 2016

A leaked United Nations report detailing human-rights violations by a Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign in Yemen has spurred calls in Britain to suspend arms sales to Riyadh and is increasing pressure on the Canadian government to do the same.

Jan 28, 2016

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Moncton and Summerside departed Halifax today to participate on Operation CARIBBE 2016, marking the start of Canada’s 10th year of contributions to Op MARTILLO - the multinational campaign against transnational criminal organizations in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean.

Jan 27, 2016

The Canadian Armed Forces have been bleeding personnel at an increasing rate, as attrition and recruiting problems push the number of men and women in uniform down to levels not seen in years.

Jan 27, 2016

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will hold multiple mental health awareness events across Canada in support of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness today.

Jan 26, 2016

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter's digital maintenance and logistics system could be vulnerable to cyber attacks, while the jet's combat software development is in danger of falling behind, the Pentagon's operational test chief warned in a leaked 11 December memo.

Jan 26, 2016

A Canadian Armed Forces review has found no evidence to support claims a Canadian air strike against an Islamic State explosives factory in Mosul, Iraq, last November killed up to five civilians.

Jan 26, 2016

The Liberal government will bring a decision on renewing and changing Canada’s participation in the U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State combatants in Iraq to the House of Commons for a vote, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.

Jan 25, 2016

When Terry Hunter noticed a Canadian War Museum poster of Second World War-era women using a wrong “American-style” salute, he decided to say something, calling out the error on the museum’s Facebook page.

Jan 25, 2016

Canada’s growing numbers of ill and injured soldiers are being failed by an understaffed, overburdened system in desperate need of an immediate and radical overhaul, says military Ombudsman Gary Walbourne.

Jan 25, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Sunday the federal government is close to deciding how Canada will play a role in the mission in the Middle East against the Islamic State Iraq and the Levant.

Jan 22, 2016

Family members of the Quebekers killed in the Burkina Faso terrorist attack are ashamed of Trudeau's pledge to remove Canada's air power from the allied effort against the so-called Islamic State. The victims had been doing humanitarian work in the region at the time.

Jan 22, 2016

National Defence is struggling to recruit staff — both uniformed and civilian — at oft-maligned support units for ill and injured soldiers, as well as considering a name change for the organization following a sobering internal review.

Jan 22, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and RCN Commander VAdm Mark Norman each issued statements yesterday on the passing of naval hero Lieutenant Commander (ret’d) Margaret Brooke, MBE, PhD.

Jan 22, 2016

Exercise QUORUM NORDIQUE 2016 is urban winter warfare training involving 600 reservists of the Montreal Territorial Battalion Group from January 22 to 24, 2016. The exercise will take place in an urban setting, in Laval, Quebec.

Jan 22, 2016

It is a new year and a new government. It is time to set our sights and aim at targets that will bring improvements to the way our Veterans and their families are treated.

Jan 21, 2016

In an open letter to the Minister of National Defence, two high profile members of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute discuss the mandate of an “open and transparent process to review existing defence capabilities” and call for priority to be given to such a process. A critical review will pave the way for a “leaner, more agile, better-equipped military”, which the Liberal government committed to in its Speech from the Throne.

Jan 21, 2016

Exercise RAFALE BLANCHE 2016, which began this week and will end on February 19, 2016, will be held in the Valcartier training areas and in the municipalities of Nicolet and Bécancour with the participation of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG) units based in Valcartier.

Jan 21, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan paid his first visit to the North American Aerospace Defense Command Headquarters (NORAD) at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado today.

Jan 21, 2016

Canada's foreign ministry is closely monitoring all of the country's military exports, but won't revisit the controversial decision to allow the sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, The Canadian Press has learned.

Jan 21, 2016

Russian warplanes were taking off one after another with roaring thunder on Wednesday from their base on Syria’s coast, which was bustling with activity as Moscow pressed its air blitz days before scheduled peace talks.

Jan 20, 2016

Senior officials in the Canadian Armed Forces say reservists are waiting too long to receive their first pension cheques because the human resources computers and processes at National Defence are outdated and the department has been understaffed.

Jan 20, 2016

Canada again finds itself on the outside looking in when it comes to a gathering of countries fighting militants in the Middle East, something the new defence minister is trying to shrug off in the face of opposition criticism.

Jan 20, 2016

Canada’s arms exports shot up while Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government was in office, fuelled by higher sales to countries like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Mexico and Austria, an analysis by iPolitics has found.

Jan 20, 2016

That the Liberal government still hasn’t found a face-saving way to fix the blunder of not supporting missions against ISIL is now Canada’s disgrace.

Jan 19, 2016

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, has announced the initial list of Canadian Armed Forces General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions and retirements that will occur in 2016.

Jan 20, 2016

Canada has not been invited to an anti-ISIS coalition meeting this week in Paris, CBC News has learned. Defence ministers from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Australia and the Netherlands will join U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter on Wednesday to discuss the future of the fight against the extremist group.

Jan 19, 2016

Canada's Veterans Affairs Department has yet to act on an unflattering independent report that concluded nearly a year ago it has all the tools necessary to significantly improve the lives of soldiers as they return to civilian life.

Jan 19, 2016

Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains says he hopes Iran’s growing appetite to purchase hundreds of civilian aircraft on the world market translates into an opportunity for Canadian aerospace, but the Trudeau government hasn’t said when or how Ottawa might roll back economic sanctions on Tehran to make this possible.

Jan 19, 2016

Some of the smaller ships that could be supplied in future to the Canadian Forces won’t have to be built in Canada, the federal government has confirmed.

Jan 19, 2016

Two Chinese government soldiers were part of a hacking conspiracy allegedly carried out by a Chinese resident of Canada to steal secrets relating to components of F-35s and other American warplanes, according to court-filed documents.

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